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Healthy Cooking With Natural Seasoning for Low Sodium Salt-Free Diet

Updated on June 18, 2017
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Janis loves to post original recipes on occasion, influenced by the creative cooking skills inherited from her mother and aunts.

Spike Gourmet Natural Seasonings - A Product Review

Spike Gourmet Natural Seasonings offers a variety of blends that include lower sodium, herb flavors, and all purpose seasonings.
Spike Gourmet Natural Seasonings offers a variety of blends that include lower sodium, herb flavors, and all purpose seasonings. | Source

Seasoning Food for Great Flavor

What kind of seasonings do you use to prepare your food?

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Cooking to Enhance Great Flavor with Less Salt

Tasty food is paramount to the ultimate enjoyment of a meal. If the flavor isn't great, there is no point to eating it. A cook want to ensure that the food he prepares will be enjoyed. This begins with the right ingredients.

The eating experience has to satisfy the pallet with delicious flavors stimulating the taste buds. The usual main ingredient to create this satisfaction in most foods is salt. However, a good cook not only wants to prepare a meal that tastes good but a meal that is also healthy for those who enjoy the meal.

Of course, every cook needs a little salt to enhance the flavor of food. But using a combination of herbs along with salt or no salt at all can still render a tasty, healthful meal.

Good Tasting, Healthful Food is the Cook's Goal

It is a well-known fact that salt brings out the flavor in foods. However, too much of any ingredient, particularly salt, can take away from a cook's best intentions, which is to offer good tasting food.

Using too much salt is also an unhealthy habit that can affect good health, particularly for those who are watching their diets and blood pressures.

This review suggests that using lower sodium or no-salt natural seasonings is a better alternative to enhance flavor, taste, and better health without the use of regular salt.

Lower Your Salt Intake for Better Health

Iodized salt is not the best choice for those who are managing their salt intake for health reasons.

Diabetes, chronic elevation of blood pressure, hypertension, and overweight are medical diagnoses that are exacerbated by the overuse of salt.

Sodium intake must be carefully monitored or completely eliminated from the diets of those with chronic health concerns.

Sea salt is a better alternative but also has to be used in moderation.

How's Your Salt Intake?

Are you a "Table Salt Shaker?"

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Overuse of Salt and Our Taste Buds

Because there is such a high level of sodium in our prepared foods, we are conditioned to the taste of higher amounts of salt.

Processed foods, fast foods and restaurant meals are known for having exorbitant amounts of sodium to enhance taste and flavor.

Some of us, therefore, automatically pick up the salt shakers to receive that salt taste to which we've become accustomed, but don't really need. The bad habit of shaking salt on our food becomes a hard one to break. We may have to wean ourselves from the salt shaker in order to withdrawal from chronic use of salt.

Too Much Table Salt is No Good

Overuse of salt and salt shakers are not good for your health.
Overuse of salt and salt shakers are not good for your health. | Source

Enhance Taste Without Salt and Improve Health

For enhanced taste and healthier options, it may be a good idea for some cooks to consider trying lower sodium or salt-free products to season food.

The best way to win the high sodium battle and preserve taste is to decrease or eliminate salt by using alternatives like Spike Gourmet Natural Seasonings to enhance flavor naturally.

Two amazing choices are suggested to cut back on the salt while adding natural herbs and spices that step up the flavor of your favorite dishes: Spike Vegit Magic! and Spike Salt Free Magic!

These seasonings were originally created in the Italian kitchens of internationally acclaimed gourmet nutritionist Gaylelord Hauser. The entire line of Spike products offers unique seasoning blends that enhance the taste of many foods with surprising flavor.

Spike Vegit Magic!

Spike Vegit Magic! is a low sodium alternative to salt.
Spike Vegit Magic! is a low sodium alternative to salt. | Source

Spike Vegit Magic! and Spike Salt Free Magic!

Spike Vegit Magic! (aka Vegit Low Sodium Seasoning) contains a blend of all natural herbs, spices, and vegetables, adding flavor without a lot of salt.

It is chemical free and contains no msg. I use it on meats, poultry, pork, and fish, and find that I don't miss the larger amounts of salt.

Spike Salt Free Magic! (All Purpose Seasoning) contains a blend of 37 flavorful herbs, exotic spices, and vegetables, minus the salt. It naturally enhances the taste of anything including meats, poultry, fish, stews, salads, sauces, vegetables, eggs, and more.

The flavors are quite unique as it compliments the basic herbs that I add during preparation of my meals.

Ranging in price at your local supermarket from $2.50 to $3.00 per bottle, these two seasonings are well worth a try in choosing a gourmet alternative to seasoning your food.

Deceasing Salt Intake

After reading this article, I will consider decreasing my salt intake.

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Spike Salt Free Magic!

Spike Salt Free Magic! is an alternative to using salt.
Spike Salt Free Magic! is an alternative to using salt. | Source

Spike Vegit Magic! and Spike Salt Free Magic

3 out of 5 stars from 2 ratings of Spike Gourmet Natural Seasonings

Salt in Moderation May Be Okay? Research Suggests Not to Worry

© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans

Thank you for reading this review. Try cooking with Spike products for your next meal and return with your comments.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yes, there are several kinds. I've only tried the two featured in this article. Thanks for stopping by, RTalloni.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      I've heard of Spike Seasoning before, but did not know that there is an entire line for the product. Thanks!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Spike is great but hard to find. I use sea salt if I need to as well, but in moderation. Thanks for stopping by, glad you liked this hub.

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      Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I do have some Spikes and do like it. This is a very interesting and useful topic and reminds me to start using Spikes more often instead of table salt. I do use sea salt but less of that is probably good thing as well.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much, tillsontitan, for stopping by, appreciating the information, and voting up. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You've made some very good points here Jan...I like how you pointed out that sea salt isn't much better than idodized salt (for your sodium level). Most people think sea salt is the miracle salt they can eat without limit. Sounds like a good product but I'm going to have to hunt for it around here too.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome, good for you. Thanks for the comment.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Great product review. Thank you. My salt intake is very low.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      It is a great product. I see there is definitely a need to get the word out about it. I wonder if it's a regional thing. Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      I haven't heard of it either, but I do avoid using salt in my cooking. I just add lots of other spices.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      So true, Glimmer, as previous commenter said, he had never heard of this product. There's a great need for accessible low-sodium foods in general. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on this hub.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Great idea for a hub! I am always looking for low/no sodium things and they are not that easy to find!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      You have to look hard, billybuc. It's usually hidden on the second to last shelves in the chain stores, if they have it at all. Organic food chains will carry it but prices are a little higher. Thanks for stopping by. This is my entry into the product review challenge. Wish me luck.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have never seen Spike at the store, but then I've never looked for it before. Useful information, Jan! I'll be looking for this stuff in the future because I do love salt. :)